In the entirety of the history of cinema, many legendary filmmakers have paved the way for future storytellers to tread on. They broke the mould and experimented with unorthodox techniques to tell their story. They often challenged the status quo and brought about revolutions in cinema. They are unique films that dared to pioneer certain aspects of films. Here is the list of most inventive, imaginative and creative movies. You can watch some of these movies filled with creative ideas on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Hardcore Henry (2015)
Ever since I read the first book that was written in the first person, I wondered if that could be translated to movies. While films capture a singular perspective usually following a single character, they were never from the protagonist’s perspective. The films were tainted by the director and cinematographers opinions on camera placement to evoke emotions through close-ups or low-angle or high-angle shots. One film made a mark in 2015, though for literally stepping into the protagonist’s shoes. After the success of a YouTube video titled ‘Bad Motherfucker’ made completely in POV, the director made this feature length film. It was partially produced through crowd-funding which is quite a landmark in itself. While the story is just a sci-fi action flick, what is most important is that the movie is completely shot in the first person perspective and is adamant on sticking to its film device making it a unique experience. With the advent of VR, we may see more movies of this type very soon.
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11. Buried (2010)
There have been some movies that had a single character and there have been some that take place in real time or in a single location. But what ‘Buried’ manages to do is bring all of that and more into an interesting movie. The film features an American truck driver being waking up buried alive in the middle of the desert in war-torn Iraq. While films like ‘Locke’ also primarily have a single actor, their sense of peril is far less than in ‘Buried’. The entire movie takes place in the extremely claustrophobic interior of the wooden coffin with a phone and lighter. The story talks about the reality of war and how it affect people and about the will to survive but the movie rests on the shoulders of the only actor we see in the flesh; Ryan Reynolds. In one of his best performances, he carries the film through his frustration and expressions. The shot of darkness outside the coffin lit by the lighter is hauntingly beautiful. The movie treads a very risky line of having a single actor doing most of the hard work but it pays off.